Jerry V. Sullivan

Funeral services for Jerry V. Sullivan, 70, of Monroe, formerly of Winnsboro were held Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Gill First National Funeral Home, with Rev. George Bates officiating.  Interment followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Mr. Sullivan was born Oct. 7, 1948, in Winnsboro, and passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at his home in Monroe. 

He was a member of St. Marks Methodist Church in Monroe.  He traveled all over the nation with his profession but he chose to be a resident of Monroe.  Mr. Sullivan was a highly skilled sought after chief Pipeline Inspector in both the nuclear field and petroleum production field for his entire career beginning at the early age of 17.  After retiring in 2016, he continued as a consultant for various firms.

Anyone who knew Jerry knew he was a very loving man, a man who chose to live a simple life with dignity and strong character.  A man of reputable character among his peers, and he worked diligently throughout his career to instill good work ethics in all the projects and teams he worked with. He was kind and considerate in every aspect of his life, both in business and family.  He loved the work he did and received high praises from all those associated with him, but his real love was family and his life with them.  His family loved him dearly and will miss him immensely.  He was an outstanding son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle. A beautiful sweet soul.

He is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Vicki E. Sullivan; niece Brandi N. Spradlin; two brothers: James C. Sullivan and John L. Sullivan; and sister-in-law, Georgia L. Sullivan.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years Carrie Sullivan of Monroe; son, Jason Daven Davis of Houston, Texas; step daughter, Lauren Nicole Page of Monroe; step son Dustin Michael Page of West Monroe; three grandchildren, John Oliver O’Toole, Parker William Davis and Saylor Elizabeth Davis; two sisters: Dot Stanitzky and husband Carl of Monroe, and Rita Colgate and husband Terry of Breaux Bridge; several nieces and nephews who adored him.

Pallbearers were his nephews and great nephews  Greg Lee, Jacob Spradlin, Jeremy Spradlin, John Mitchell Sullivan, Shawn Sullivan, and Jeff Taylor.

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Minnie P. Green

Funeral services for Minnie P. Green, 80, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Crowville. Burial followed in the church cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Green died Jan. 15, 2019, at Charlyn Rehab and Nursing Center.

She is survived by her sons: Isaac Childs, Vester Childs, O.C. Childs, Henry Childs and Sammy Washington, all of Houston, Texas; daughters: Retha Williams, Houston, Texas; Linda Lee, Winnsboro; Carolyn Starks, Dallas, Texas; God-daughter, Dorothy Green, Delhi; brothers: Jim Williams and James E. Green, both of Rayville; sisters: Ada B. Buggs, Los Angeles, Calif.; Catherine Green, Rayville; sister-in-law, Earnestine Ross, Monroe; dear friend, Mitzi Riser, Crowville; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Hilton Griffin, Tony Griffin, Larry Wesby, Ron Griffin, Wayne Harvey, and Byron Thomas.

Sammie Robinson Ratcliff

Funeral services for Sammie Robinson Ratcliff, 76, of Crowville, were held Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home with Rev. Kelly Wayne Clark and Rev. Scott Fletcher officiating.  Interment followed in Coax Cemetery. 

Mrs. Ratcliff was born Oct. 2, 1942, in Crowville to the union of Bishop Jacob Robinson and Ina Mae Abraugh, and passed from this life on Jan. 22, 2019, at Charlyn Nursing Center in Winnsboro.

She was of the Christian faith and loved to work with women ministries.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking for family and friends; she loved her children and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Edward Ray Ratcliff; father-in-law, R. T. Ratcliff, and mother-in-law Lois Ratcliff.

Survivors left to cherish her memory include two sons: Rodney Ratcliff and wife Carol of Crowville, and Todd Ratcliff and wife Trish of Prairieville; five grandchildren: Rachel Ratcliff Melvin and husband Dylan, Jacob and Noah Ratcliff, Olivia and Kaity Ratcliff; one brother Floyd Robinson and wife Carolyn of Bastrop; three sisters: Jennie Burns and husband Charles of Bastrop,  Linda Peavy of Winnsboro, and Lorrie Poland and husband Dennis of Crowville; special friends: Beverly Roberts and Teresa Smith; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Rodney Ratcliff, Todd Ratcliff, Jacob Ratcliff, Noah Ratcliff, Dylan Melvin, Trevor Jones and Lance Wilkins.

Honorary pallbearers were Chad Burns, Tyler Burns, Mike Robinson and Larry Roberts.

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Bernice DeVille Watkins

Funeral services for Bernice DeVille Watkins, 80, of Winnsboro will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Ensminger officiating. Interment will follow in Harris Cemetery.

Bernice was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Edinburg, Texas to Archie Jospeh DeVille and Bertha Norris DeVille, and passed from this life on Jan. 27, 2019, at Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro.

Bernice lived her life for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two daughters: Edna Faye Watkins and Karen Franklin; four grandchildren: Amanda Renee Watkins, Casey Marie Ogden, Gregory Scott Odom, and David Lee Ogden; three brothers: George Wesley DeVille, Willie Lonnie DeVille, and Frank Charles DeVille; and special friend Noel Temple.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are three daughters: Margie Day and husband Wales of Farmerville, Dovie Bourque and husband Wayne of Lafayette, and Janie Terrell and husband Glen of Crowville; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Wade Watkins, Cole Hicks, Ben Russell, Glen Terrell, Wales Day and Wayne Bourque.

Honorary pallbearers will be Caleb Watkins and Dalton Hicks.

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Johnny Ray Evans

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Johnny Ray Evans, 63, of Winnsboro, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

Mr. Evans was born May 25, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas to the union of James Walter Evans and Ida Mae Richardson Evans, and passed from this life on Jan. 19, 2019, in Sicily Island.

He enjoyed spending his time fishing, watching football and playing horseshoes.

He is preceded in death by his parents; twin sister, Jeanette Atcheson; brother, James Edward Evans; and son-in-law, Stan Graves.

He is survived by his children: Angela Evans and Richard Allen of Winnsboro, Angelena Headlee and husband Gary of Salt Lake City, Utah, Amanda Graves of Wisner, Jolena Evans of Winnsboro; grandson Slate Graves; siblings: Gwendolyn Crawford and husband Jerry of Rayville, Ronald Gene Evans and wife Alice of Winnsboro, Betty Ladena Thornhill and husband Roger of Rayville; brother-in-law, Louis Atcheson of LaPlace; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Georgia Hodge

Funeral services for Georgia Hodge, 58, of Gilbert, were held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Charrier and Rev. Ronnie Brown officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery, Winnsboro, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mrs. Georgia, a teacher resource assistant, was born on Oct. 25, 1960, in Monroe, and passed away on Jan. 26, 2019, in Gilbert. She was a member of the Christian Faith and loved fishing, playing games and being with family and friends as well as cooking for everyone. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Francis Reynolds; a brother, Ernest Ray Reynolds; sister, Linda Jones; grandson, Byron Boutwell; and a granddaughter, Serinitee Cato.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her husband of 30 years, Jimmy Hodge-Gilbert; two daughters, Angie Hudson and her husband Dee of Kelly, and Tabitha Canady and her husband Todd of Crowville; three sons, Eric Ray Kinison and his wife Jessica, Samuel Nielsen, William Hodge, all of Gilbert; sisters, Irene Jewell of Columbia, Joyce Reynolds of Grayson, and Wanda Parker of Wisner, LA; brothers, Barney Reynolds of Gilbert, LA, Howard Reynolds of Jigger, Roy Reynolds of Hebert, Eugene Reynolds of Gilbert and Roger Reynolds, of Gilbert; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Justin Evans, Bo Mullins Jr., Bit Reynolds, Jeremy Veuleman, Daniel Veuleman, and Lucus Parker.

Honorary Pallbearers were Jeff Jewell and Charlie Elkin.

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Sherry L. Jones

Private memorial services will be held at a later date for Sherry L. Jones, 67, of Gilbert, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

Sherry was born May 5, 1950, in Bastrop and passed from this life on January 27, 2019, at her home in Gilbert.

Sherry was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Willie Morris Tharpe and Betty Jean Tharpe Childs; grandparents, Willie Armer Tharpe and Juanita Roberts Tharpe; two brothers: Terry Julian Tharpe and Beverly Gene Tharpe; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Harmon H. Jones; daughters: Sabrina Whitehead, Labreeska Lewis and husband Darren; son, Lance Whitehead; brothers: Bill Tharpe and wife Carolyn, Lavell Tharpe and wife Jennie; sister: Kathy Carruth and husband Jerry; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; mother-in-law, Lucille O. Jones; sisters-in-law Brenda Jones Carruth and Jo Oser; a host of other relatives and friends.

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Joel Cashion

Private services will be held at a later date for Joel Cashion, 63, of Winnsboro, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

Joel was born April 17, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Joe B. Cashion and Elizabeth McIveen Cashion, and passed from this life on Jan. 24, 2019, at Plantation Manor Nursing Center in Winnsboro.

He was a 1975 graduate of Sam Houston High School, a veteran of the United States Army and was a truck driver.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include two sisters: Jenny Cashion Gearhart of Glen Rose, Texas, and Andrea Cashion Newman of Georgetown, Texas; one nephew, Haskell Newman Jr.; two nieces: Amy Newman Nelson and Jennifer Gearhart Miller; cousins: Bennie Hawkins, Susan Beasley, Cydnie Geyer and Grace Anne Shelhimer; a host of other relatives and friends.

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